REVOLUTIONARY TALES – BOSTON ,MASSACHUSETTS. THE CITY I LOVE IN PICTURES .

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Boston ,  Massachusetts  will always  be  my home and my getaway  from  all the  craziness  that  is New York  City .

I love the monuments ,  memorials ,  the cobblestone  streets ,  and riding  the Swan  Boat’s  and yes, even going  to  Fenway  Park ,  because  this  is  a  30  Plus  Teams  Tour .

I can’t  say enough  about  my home , so  I’ll  just  let my pictures  do the  talking  for me.

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HELLO CHARM CITY – BALTIMORE BALTIMORE , MARYLAND . THE OTHER WASHINGTON MONUMENT .

By now  you’ve  heard  all the  negative  stuff  about  Baltimore ,  but you made it the next  city on your  30  Plus  Teams  Tour  anyway .

You haven’t  been  disappointed  at all.

You’re  in the  Mount Vernon  district  of the  city, which  is  quite  pleasant .

Maybe  later today ,  you’ll  visit  the  Little  Italy  section  and maybe  tomorrow ,  you’ll  go out to  Locust  Point ,  where Fort McHenry  is .

You’ve  done  quite  a  bit  of  walking ,  but two statues on this  street  corner  catch  your  eyes .

One of  which  is  the statue  of  the  Marquis  du  FB_IMG_1488975443120Lafayette  of Revolutionary  War fame, and the  other is called  The Washington  Monument .

Wait a minute  – WHAT ? !

You’ve  seen  the Washington  Monument  in Washington  DC ,  this  one looks  NOTHING  like  it.

This  one has a statue  of  George  Washington  on top of  it.

The plaque  on the side  of  the  monument  explains  it all to you.

This monument  was built  before  the  more famous  one in Washington  DC .

This one came first.

So you guess you can say that you’re  looking  at  the  ORIGINAL  Washington  Monument .

30 PLUS TEAMS 30 PLUS DREAMS TRAVEL QUOTES

This is  going  to  be  a  new feature  to 30 Plus  Teams ,  30  Plus  Dreams   called  travel  quotes .

A few days  ago ,  I  had a post with travel  quotes because  after the  events  of  Charlottesville ,  Virginia ,  I felt  we needed  to  see them.

(See sportsandtravelblog.wordpress.com  /  2017/08/14/-Travel  -quotes  -from  -30  -plus  -Teams  -tour  -because  -we – need  -them-right-about-now  )d54dacadc5ab0a006afc9270a192833866725a526c2b478eb595e6db04d7012b42d8fafe41bccdf74d87e16b77d941483efee546945ac6d3019dc410e5c3a013d6f8127a4ea0cbf6b58ea9b657bd1e09178527ff04fe685b83f8d07c4916b59ff482342c60629ce7e0c8fd6b757a8af2dcaebb7d492f46265a7ad254555c4be7

Now, today ,  there’s  another  incident  in Barcelona ,  Spain, a place  where  I  know  a lot  of  bloggers  go to  and love .

I  don’t  understand  why  this  is  happening  but I  pray for the  people  of  Barcelona ,  Spain .

In the  meantime ,  enjoy  the  travel  quotes .

I  hope  the quotes  make   all of  us think  what travel  should  be  for.

MY 30 PLUS TEAMS TOUR BUCKET LIST – ALL 150 OF THEM!

AttachmentAttachmentAttachmentAttachmentAttachmentAttachmentYou  might  think  that  a bucket  list  for  a blog  called  30 Plus  Teams ,  30  Plus  Dreams  would  mean  just visiting  or doing  things  in cities  in  Canada  and  the  United  States  that  have  teams  in  all four  of  the  major  professional  sports .

You might  be  partially  right .

There  are  cities  in both  countries  that  I  would  like  to  see  and they  DON’T  have  any of the  four  major  sports  teams  in their  cities .

They are, however ,  close enough  though  that  if you wanted to make  a  side  trip  while  on your  own  30 Plus  Teams  Tour ,  you could .

You might  be  surprised  at some  of  my  choices ,  but then again ,  you might  not .

Here’s my bucket  list in no particular  order .

  1. Halifax ,  Nova Scotia
  2. Drinking   Ice Wines  in Canada
  3. Banff, Alberta   because  the name  sounds  so wicked  cool .
  4. Grand Canyon
  5. Lake Louise ,  Alberta
  6. Eating a  bagel  in Montreal  and  seeing  how  different  it is  from a bagel  in New York  City
  7. Stanley  Park
  8. Attending  a  Toronto  Raptors  basketball  game
  9. Hoover  Dam
  10. Civil  Rights  Museum  in Birmingham ,  Alabama
  11. Newport ,  Rhode  Island   to see how  the  other  half  lived back in  the  day
  12. Beale  Street
  13. Museum  of  Human  Rights ,  Winnepeg, Canada
  14. Rock  N Roll Hall of  Fame
  15. Baseball  Hall of  Fame ,  Cooperstown ,  NY
  16. Vicksburg ,  Mississippi  to see the  Civil  War  monuments
  17. Pearl  Harbor
  18. Riding  on the  Montreal  subway
  19. Riding  all the  street  cars in New Orleans
  20. Portland ,  Oregon
  21. Attending  an Indianapolis Colts   football  game
  22. Attending  the  Kentucky  Derby and drinking  Mint Juleps and wearing  my  finest  hat.
  23. Mackinac  Island ,  Michigan .  No cars are allowed
  24. United  States  Naval  Academy ,  Annapolis ,  Maryland
  25. Calgary  Stampede
  26. Parliament  Hill ,  Ottawa
  27. Going  on  an Alaska  Cruise
  28. Getting  my cowgirl  on in Jackson  Hole, Wyoming
  29. Attending  a New England  Patriots  football  game
  30. Yellowstone  National  Park
  31. Trying  my luck and looking  elegant  at the  Casino  Du  Montreal
  32. Albuquerque ,  New Mexico
  33. Catalina  Island
  34. Alcatraz
  35. Santa  Barbara
  36. Visiting  Doctor  Martin  Luther  King’s  graveside  in Atlanta
  37. Riding  the  High Roller  in Las Vegas
  38. Washington  National  Zoo
  39. Seeing  where JFK was shot  in  Dallas
  40. Arlington  House at Arlington  National  Cemetery .  It was once the  home   of  Robert  E. Lee
  41. Senator John  Heinz History  Museum  in Pittsburgh
  42. Harper’s  Ferry ,  West  Virginia
  43. The  Alamo
  44. Attending  a  Montreal  Canadiens  hockey  game  at Le  Centre  Bell
  45. Seeing  as many  lighthouses  as I can in the  state  of  Maine
  46. Kennedy  Center
  47. Sundance  Film Festival
  48. Being  a snow bunny  in Aspen ,  Colorado
  49. Graceland
  50. Walking  down the Las Vegas  Strip in the winter time  when there aren’t  that  many  tourists
  51. Fort Sumpter
  52. Eating  barbecue  in Kansas  City ,  St. Louis ,  Memphis ,  and the Carolinas , and deciding  which  one  I  like  best .
  53. Country  Music  Hall of  Fame
  54. Eating  at Paula Deens Restaurant  in  Savannah, Georgia
  55. Attending  a  Arizona  Diamondbacks  game at Chase Field
  56. Soaking  up  French  Canadian  culture  in Quebec  City
  57. Visiting  Mother  Seton’s  home in Baltimore .  She was  the  first  American  saint .
  58. Visiting  the  Negro  Leagues    Baseball  Museum  in Kansas  City
  59. Tasting  Maple Syrup  in Vermont
  60. Gettysburg
  61. Going  to  an authentic  luau  in Hawaii
  62. Riding  the  Duquesne  and  Monongahela  inclines  in Pittsburgh
  63. Visiting  the  Oklahoma  City  Bombing  Memorial
  64. Riding  a  sightseeing  boat  down  the  Chicago  River
  65. Notre Dame  university
  66. Iditarod  Dog Sled race  in  Alaska
  67. Seeing  all the  neighborhoods  of  New Orleans ,  not  just  the  French  Quarter
  68. Buchard Gardens ,  Victoria ,  Canada
  69. Eating  a hot dog  at The Varsity  in Atlanta  and  a half  smoke  at Ben’  s Chilli  Bowl  in Washington  DC .   and comparing  the  two
  70. Philadelphia  Museum  of  Art, but  not  running  up the  stairs  like Rocky did .  That’s  NOT  an option .
  71. Little  Havana
  72. South  Beach
  73. Louisville ,  Kentucky
  74. Attending  a  Winnepeg  Jets  hockey  game
  75. Supreme  Court  Building
  76. Football  Hall of  Fame  in Canton    Ohio
  77. Attending  a July 4th  concert  in either  Washington  DC ,  Philadelphia ,  or Boston .
  78. Attending  a  Milwaukee  Brewers  baseball  game  at Miller  Park ,  especially  to see  ”  the  Sausage  Race” .
  79. Spending  most  of  the  day  in Las Vegas ,  walking  through  the  Caesar  ‘  s Palace  Hotel  and  Casino .  It’s  that big that you’ll  need  most  of  the  day.
  80. Attending  a US  Open Tennis  Match
  81. Richmond ,  Virginia
  82. Attending  a  Green  Bay  Packers  football  game  and  taking  a  tour  of  Lambeau  Field
  83. Riding  on the Atlanta  Eye
  84. United  States  Military  Academy  at West  Point
  85. Stone  Mountain ,  Georgia  and  seeing  the  Civil  War  monument
  86. Riding  “The  Maid of  The   Mist” and seeing  Niagara  Falls  up close  and  personal .
  87. Underground  Railroad  Museum  in Cincinnati
  88. The Trail  of  Tears
  89. Great  Blacks in Wax Museum  in Baltimore
  90. The Bean Sculpture  in Chicago
  91. Staring  at  “Sue” ,  the  T-Rex at Field   Museum  in Chicago
  92. Attending  the  Miss America  Pageant
  93. Space  Needle
  94. Mob Museum  in Las Vegas
  95. Attending  the  Indianapolis  500 Car Race
  96. Riverwalk  in San Antonio
  97. Molly  Brown’s  home in Denver .  She was  one  of  the  few  survivors  on the  Titanic
  98. Palm  Springs
  99. Eating  Tex-Mex  food  in San  Antonio
  100. Seeing  Wrigley  Field  close  up and going  to  a Chicago  Cubs  baseball  game
  101. Johnson  Space  Center  in Houston
  102. Charles  Wright  Museum  in  Detroit
  103. Pikes  Place  Market  Seattle  and  watching  the  fish “fly” .
  104. Fort Lauderdale
  105. University  of  Miami ,  aka ”  The  U”
  106. Attending  a  Seattle  Seahawks  football  game
  107. Williamsburg ,  Virginia
  108. Visiting  the  “Nationality Rooms” at University  of  Pittsburgh
  109. Going  on  a Hurricane  Katrina  sightseeing  tour of New    Orleans
  110. Visiting  The  Ohio  State  University
  111. Attending  a  game  at the  new Little  Caesars  Arena  in Downtown  Detroit
  112. Walking  down  Broadway  in Nashville
  113. Attending  an  Atlanta  Falcons  Football  game
  114. Going  on  a  carriage  ride  through  Old  Montreal
  115. Attending  a Vegas  Golden  Knights  hockey  game .  It’s  their  first  season  in the  league
  116. Walking  around  LODO, the Lower  Downtown  section  of  Denver
  117. Mount  Rushmore
  118. Crazy  Horse  Statue
  119. I want to  take a road  trip  through  the  entire  state  of  Montana  just  to  appreciate  the  beauty  of  this  state .
  120. Take  a  carriage  ride  through  the  streets  of  Charleston ,  South  Carolina
  121. Going  on  an  Amtrak  ride from  Northern  California  all the  the way  to  San Diego  in Southern  California .
  122. Myrtle  Beach
  123. Attending  an  Oklahoma  City  Thunder  basketball  game
  124. Hollywood  Walk of Fame
  125. Attending  the  Tournament  of Roses  Parade  on New Years  Day
  126.   George    W. Bush  Museum  and  Library  in Dallas
  127. Riding  the  trolley  from  San Diego  to Tijuana ,  Mexico
  128. Brooklyn  Bridge  Park
  129. Seeing  President  Andrew  Jackson’s  home, “The  Hermitage  ”  in Nashville
  130. Lombard  Street
  131. Eating  food  in New Orleans  that  I  wouldn’t  think  of  eating ,  and lots of  food  that  I  would  DEFINITELY  eat!
  132. Ben  and  Jerry’s  Ice Cream  plant in  Burlington ,  Vermont
  133. Walking  down  Park  Avenue  in New  York  City   like  I own  this  place!
  134. United  States  Air Force  Academy
  135. Taking  a  bus  ride  through  the  Detroit  –  Windsor  Tunnel
  136. Walking  along  the  Atlantic  City  Boardwalk  when  there’s  no tourists  around
  137. Walking  on one  or all of the  “Three  Sisters  Bridges  ”  in Pittsburgh . (Their  official  names  are ,  The  Roberto  Clemente ,  Andy Warhol  and  Rachel  Carson  )
  138. Seeing  as  many  plantations  down  South  as I  can .
  139. Seeing  the  “Pink  Ladies  “, those  colorful  houses  in San Francisco .
  140. Prince  Edward  Island
  141. West  Edmonton  Mall
  142. Mall of America
  143. Salem ,  Massachusetts
  144. Library  of  Congress
  145. Mount  Vernon  ,  George  Washington’s  home
  146. Monticello ,  Thomas  Jefferson ‘  s  home
  147. Attending  a  Columbus  Blue  Jackets  game, just to hear  that  humongous  canon  go off when  the  team  scores
  148. Attending  a   Cleveland Cavaliers   basketball  game
  149. Attending  an Ohio  State  –  University  of  Michigan  football  game .  Doesn’t  matter  if  it’s  at “The Horseshoe  ” in Ohio   or at ”  The  Big House  ” in Michigan
  150. Taking  a  tour  inside  the  United  States  Capital  Building.

That’s  my bucket  list ,  all 150 of them .

God  willing ,  I’d  like  to  see  and  do  some ,  if not  all  of  them .

What’s  on your bucket  list ?  Let  me  know .

Thanks  for  reading  this post and following  my blog .

HELLO CHARM CITY – BALTIMORE , MARYLAND – HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS – DOWNTOWN BALTIMORE

FB_IMG_1502721265895FB_IMG_1502721258067FB_IMG_1502721371156FB_IMG_1502721272176FB_IMG_1502721356176FB_IMG_1502721287858In an earlier  post ,  I  mentioned  the Hampton  Inn  Downtown  Convention  Center  as a hotel  option  if you’re  visiting  the  city  of  Baltimore .

(See sportsandtravelblog.wordpress.com/2017/08-09-Hello-Charm-City-Baltimore-Hampton-Inn-Downtown-Convention-Center  )

There’s  another  hotel  that I  would  recommend  if you  happen  to  be  staying  in  town .

It’s  located  on North  Gay Street  and it’s  not really  that far from the  Hampton  Inn .

It’s  the  Holiday  Inn  Express  Downtown .

When  you  walk  into  the  lobby ,  you look  around  and  you  get  the  feeling  that  you’re  in your  local  bank.

You aren’t  that  far  from  the  truth .

This used to  be  the  Old Town  Bank of  Baltimore  and the  hotel  has  kept  many  of  the bank’s  features ,  like the interior .

As with  many  hotels ,  check in time  is 3pm and check out  time is Noon.

The hotel  isn’t  only  close  to  the  major  Baltimore  attractions  like  the  Inner  Harbor  and  the  Convention  Center ,  but it’s  also  close  to  one  of  the  major  hospitals  in  the  country ,  John Hopkins  Medical  Center .

You could  walk  to  the  Inner  Harbor  from  the  hotel ,  but they  make  it  so easy for  you  not to  do  that .

There’s  a  complimentary  hotel  shuttle  that  not only  brings you  to  the  Inner  Harbor ,  but John  Hopkins  as well  as  the  Convention  Center .

Are you  going  to  Orioles  Park  at  Camden  Yards  to  see a game?

(Of course  you are .  This  is  a  30 Plus  Teams  Tour, after all . )

They’ll drop you off  as close to  the  stadium  as possible  as well as  the  Baltimore  Basilica and the restaurants  in Little  Italy  as well .

The  shuttle  runs until  midnight .

They won’t  pick  you  up  at the  Baltimore  Thurgood  Marshall  Airport  or Greyhound  Terminal ,  but if you’re  coming on an Amtrak, the shuttle  will pick you up at Baltimore’s  Penn Station .

Just give them a call .

The  hotel  does offer  a breakfast  buffet  as well as  a  fitness  center .

Don’t  look for  a  pool  though .

There isn’t  one.

Like  the  Hampton  Inn ,  the rooms  are  spacious ,  with  a  microwave ,  refrigerator ,  coffee  makers ,  and big mirrors .

You don’t  have  any fantastic  views of the two  stadiums ,  but with the  shuttle ,  you’ll  be  watching  baseball  and football  in no time .

There aren’t  any  restaurants  next door or across  the  street  from  the  hotel ,  but there’s  a  24 hour 7-Eleven ,  which is okay in my book.

Perfect  for  those  late night  munchies .

The  hotel  isn’t  close to  public  transportation ,  but  the  shuttle is your best friend , just make sure to  check  the  times that  the shuttle  runs.

Holiday  Inn Express  Downtown  is another option for you if you happen  to  be  staying  in town .

 

Holiday  Inn Express

221 North Gay  Street

Baltimore ,  Maryland

410-400-8045

 

START SPREADING THE NEWS – NEW YORK CITY , NEW YORK A WALK DOWN FIFTH AVENUE FROM 104TH STREET TO 60TH STREET IN PICTURES .

FB_IMG_1502534522343FB_IMG_1502535524898It was a fairly nice day  recently  in the  city ,  so I  decided  to  do what any outer boroughs  girl would do.

I went on my own  30  Plus  Teams  Tour  in my own city. I took the train to 104th  Street  and then walked back to the  train. Stopping  along the  way of course.

Here’s  some  of  what I  saw. Enjoy!FB_IMG_1502535806467FB_IMG_1502535854920FB_IMG_1502535909745FB_IMG_1502535980094FB_IMG_1502536075291FB_IMG_1502536178671FB_IMG_1502536245284FB_IMG_1502536386178FB_IMG_1502536477630